Ian James was born in 1981 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BA from The Ohio State University. He has participated in recent exhibitions and performances in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Marfa, Texas. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Fine Arts Department at Otis College of Art and Design, as well the Graduate Fine Art Department at Art Center.